Police may expel 500 recruits over fake credentials

Police may expel 500 recruits over fake credentials

About five hundred recruits into the Nigerian police college may be dismissed for allegedly presenting questionable credentials and gaining admission into the college illegitimately, The Post has gathered.

Sources told The Post that the police authorities are taking this unusual measure to sanitise the force and protect the image of the Nigerian police.

It would be recalled that twenty-three recruits were dismissed from the Ikeja Police College, Lagos in March this year with barely few months into their admission, having been discovered to have gained admission into the college with falsified credentials.

The twenty-three suspects comprising twenty-one male and two females between the ages were, however, charged to the court for making false statement to the recruiting officers that they were National Certificate in Education (NCE) and National Diploma (ND) holders from various institutions.

The Commandant, Kaduna Police College, Sanusi Rufai, who confirmed the development, disclosed that the police authorities will deal decisively with the officials involved in the recruitment of such characters.

He noted that, apart from those that were expelled or falsifying credentials, some were involved in several acts that contravened police training requirements.

Rufai who condemned the officials for failure to properly screen candidates before recruiting them for training at the college, however, noted that anyone involved would be fished out and punished according to the law. This is said was necessary as it would enhance sanity in the police and help checkmate such recruits who pass through the college and graduate to form the bad eggs among the police force.

However, The Post gathered recently that recruits and officers who already knew that the sweeping would affect them, are already voluntarily settling themselves out of the colleges in order to avoid suffering a great deal of embarrassment.